Matthew Barnaby Fired by ESPN after DUI arrest.
So much for the concept of innocent until proven guilty! Also, ESPN kept NBA analyst Jalen Rose on staff after committing a DUI, serving 20 days in jail and hiding it from his employer ESPN? What makes this case any different that Barnaby is fired the day after he’s arrested?
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Former NHL forward Matthew Barnaby was fired by ESPN as the cable network’s hockey analyst on Monday, a day after being charged with drunken driving for being found behind the wheel of an SUV that was missing its front tire.
In an email sent to The Associated Press, ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz wrote the network informed Barnaby that his contract was terminated “effective immediately.”
The decision was made a day after Erie County sheriff’s office said Barnaby was driving a Porsche Cayenne with front-end damage and a sparking rim in the Buffalo suburb of Clarence, where he lives. Barnaby was arrested after failing field sobriety tests and refusing a breath test.
It’s a shame that ESPN doesn’t realize that just because you are arrested for DUI doesn’t mean you will be convicted or found guilty of DUI!